The latest collaboration between Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s trilogy) is the political comedy/thriller entitled The Informant!, that (according to the poster and the trailer) comes equipped with its very own exclamation point. Based on a true story, the plot is of a company vice president-turned informant, Mark Whitacre (Damon), who helps the FBI to take down the company he works for that’s being accused of pricing-fixing tactics.
Today Screen Rant has both the trailer and poster for The Informant! which should have Bourne fans squinting there eyes and asking, “Is that really Matt Damon under that moustache?”
If you count his role in the Ocean’s movies as separate, The Informant! will see Damon collaborating with Soderbergh for the fifth time (he had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him role in Che: Part Two). Damon is no stranger to diversity with his roles (let’s not forget, the same guy who was the globe-trotting, ass-kicking Jason Bourne was also the janitor/genius in Good Will Hunting), but this role as FBI informant, Mark Whitacre, may be the furthest he’s stretched from how he’s seen by most movie goers. Apparently, Damon gained 30 pounds for the role, and, as you can see, refused to shave his top lip for a while.
I think The Informant! trailer looks hilarious, and the poster is equally as effective. Check them both out below:
And here is the first official trailer for the movie – Watch and enjoy:
Not only does Damon look much different than he usually does (at first glance you could almost mistake him as an actor who just kind of looks like Matt Damon), but from the trailer he acts a lot different, too. If his role here were to be compared to any of his previous ones, I would say it’s Linus Caldwell from the Ocean’s series which, coincidentally or not, was also a Damon/Soderbergh collaboration. Maybe Damon keeps Soderbergh’s number close-by for whenever he feels in a comedic, lighter acting mood.
Jason Bourne has let himself go a bit…
The exclamation point at the end of The Informant! just carries on that sort of comedic tone that’s apparent in the trailer. The name of the movie is being reported all over the place both with and without the exclamation point on the end, but since it’s in both the official poster and trailer, I’d say it’s meant to be in there. I personally really dig the use exclamation point that’s seldom used in movie titles – not only does it make a point (get it?) of the comedic tone, but also sets it apart from most other movies, including the similarly titled, exclamation point-less The Informant from 1997.
Although I’m not the biggest fan of Soderbergh as a director (he’s hit or miss with me), I tend to enjoy his lighter, more playful movies (I love all three of his Ocean’s films). And Damon pretty much always delivers the acting goods. I personally can’t wait for this one.
What do you make of the poster and trailer for The Informant!? What do you think about Damon’s different look?
The Informant! is slated for a release on October 9th in the US, and on November 6th in the UK, both in 2009.